Grassroots (Age 6-8)
Run Jump Throw Wheel
Developed by Athletics Canada and presented by BC Athletics,
RJTW is the grassroots development program for our sport.
This program teaches the FUNdamental movements skills of running, jumping, throwing and wheeling (for children in wheelchairs) using
track and field inspired games, activities and skill challenges. It is designed for children ages 6-12, has progressions for older athletes, and can be adapted for people with disabilities.
RunJumpThrowWheel skills form the basis of all land based sport and as such, RJTW provides a strong foundation for success in all sports and physical activities, which allows participants to develop a positive self image and be the best they can be.
Any teacher, coach, recreation leader, or parent is capable of delivering the Run Jump Throw Wheel program!
Junior Development (Age 9-13)
Check out our Club Finder page for a list of Track & Field clubs in your area.
For more information about Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD), please click here!
JD Cross Country
Reasons to Run Cross Country
Cross Country shows another side to distance running. The added elements of the hills and dirt allow for a unique experience of grit and determination that you are unable to find in other places. Running cross country can lead to a new appreciation for running, whether that be on the roads, on the track, or on the trail. Running cross country will help lengthen your career as a runner by teaching you showing you a different side to running.
JD Meets Including Championships
BC Athletics is pleased to recognize our Junior Development athletes who qualify for JD Awards each season!
Congratulations to the 2023 Junior Development Award Recipients!
Awards Standards and Recognized Competitions
JD Awards Standards are based on the previous years All-Time Top Ten Tables.
Please click below for:
Awards Nomination Information
All BC Athletics Junior Development (JD) Athlete Award Nominations must be submitted by August 31st in the current year.
Past Award Recipients
Past Awards recipients can be viewed below:
Celebrating Junior Development Athletes with the Achievement Crest!
Reminiscent of the Canada Fitness Crest Program, this program rewards and encourages young athletes who participate in a variety of track & field events with a keepsake crest.
JD Crest Criteria
Intended to be an award that every child can earn, the JD Crest Criteria is simple!
Based on their performances, every child can earn a Gold, Silver, or Bronze Crest.
View the JD Crest Criteria & Standards here.
2023 Crests are now available!
How to Order
Club Administrators - Complete the online order form here.
Individual Orderers - Complete the online order form here.
BC Athletics is offering complimentary Crests to all Crest winners! All Clubs have been notified of their recipients, Unattached members, should complete the individual order form above.
JD Crest Recipients
JD Performance Lists
Effective March 2023, the BC Athletics Junior Development Annual Performance Lists will no longer be posted to the BC Athletics website. Instead, they can be accessed on the Athletics Canada’s Ranking Page.
At present, Athletics Canada database does not contain the BC Athletics JD All Time Top 10 Rankings. We are working with them to update this for the future.
JD Performance Lists for 2002 - 2022 can be viewed below.
|All-Time Top Ten
|Top 10 by Event
|Performances by Name
JD PENTATHLON SCORING TABLES
Junior Development Pentathlon Scoring Tables can be viewed HERE.
JD Manual & Parent Handbook
A 10 page primer for those new to BC Track & Field, the Handbook includes information on:
- How to register with BC Athletics
- What to expect on competition day
- Age categories and events
For meet organizers, coaches, and parents, the JD Manual contains detailed guidelines for the
Junior Development program including:
- Club and Championship meet hosting requirements
- Athlete Recognition Programs
- Technical Specifications of Events
- Para Competition Guidelines
Long term athlete development (LTAD) is the idea that kids and adults will get active, stay active, and reach their greatest athletic potential if they do the right things at the right time. Prepared by Athletics Canada, this booklet specifies how the LTAD stages align with development in track & field.
Prepared by the Coaches Association of Canada, this booklet provides suggestions on ways parents can help children reach their full potential at each stage of development along the LTAD pathway.
Mental fitness is just as neccessary for sport development as physical and technical development. Learn how coaches and parents can aid the mental development of athletes at each stage of the LTAD pathway.
With a mission to ensure that all BC children can participate in organized sport, Athletics for Kids provides grants to families to help cover program registration fees.
The provincial chapter of the national not-for-profit organization, KidSport BC provides financial assistance for sport registration fees and equipment to kids up to 18 years old. Contact your local chapter to apply.
A national charity, Jumpstart helps kids in financial need participate in organize sports by assisting with the costs associated with registration, equipments, and/or transportation.
DISABILITY SPORT ORGANIZATIONS
A not for profit association, BC Blind Sports provides support and services to individuals who are visually impaired to improve access and opportunities for participation in physical activity.
A multi-sport, non-profit organization, BC Deaf Sport Federation functions as an umbrella for deaf & hard of hearing athletes.
BC Wheelchair Sports Association has helped people with physical disabilities across the province lead active healthy lives through wheelchair sports and administers many sport programs including wheelchair athletics (track & field)
Special Olympics BC offers summer and winter sports for ages eight and up, including track and field
Hershey Track & Field Games (Age 9-14)
Athlete Development (Age 14+)
Inclusive of the Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) stages of Training to Train, Learning to Compete, Training to Compete and Learning to Win, this program introduces athletes to the performance pathway of Athletics. Event specialization and training, advanced training leading to consistent performances at higher levels of competition and BC Team program opportunities are the key components of the Athlete Development program.
2024 BC Athletics T&F Championship Jamboree
The BC Athletics Track & Field Championship Jamboree is the premiere track and field competition held in the Province of BC each year, bringing together athletes from across the Province for three days of competition. Age groups offered include: U16, U18, U20 and Senior and include both Able Bodied and Para-Athletic Competitions.
DATE: July 12-14, 2024
LOCATION: Nanaimo, BC
FACILITY: Rotary Bowl
SPECTATOR CODE OF CONDUCT
All participants and spectators are reminded to review and adhere to the BC Athletics Spectator Code of Conduct.
Garrett Collier, Track & Field Program Manager
High Performance Stream
BC High School Track & Field
BC Athletics strives to support the Elementary and High School track & field communities. BC High School Track & Field is under the pervue of the BC High School Track & Field Commission. BC High School is a part of BC School Sports. For all information an inqueries please contact them directly by following the information below.
|To view the latest updates on BC High School Track & Field, including important updates, contacts and championships informtion, please go to the BC High School Track & Field website at bctfa.ca
College Choices - Streamline Athletes
Thinking about making the leap from high school to university can be tough. It’s hard to know where to go, what to study, or what opportunities exist. Streamline Athletes is an organization dedicated to making this transition easier by supporting student-athletes in their university recruitment journeys.
The Streamline Athletes online platform gives Canadian athletes the tools they need to make confident decisions about their academic and athletic futures. Here’s how it works:
- Create a profile
- Research universities and their track and field programs
- Contact coaches all over Canada
- Reach programs in the US with Streamline Athletes PLUS
Athletes and parents can explore and compare university track and field programs based on academics, athletics, geography, financial info, and more. Learn more about the Collegiate landscape in British Columbia here. Use the links below to see Streamline Athletes pages for university track and field programs in British Columbia:
- University of British Columbia Thunderbirds
- University of British Columbia - Okanagan Heat
- Thompson Rivers Wolfpack
- Trinity Western Spartans
- University of Victoria Vikes
Masters (Age 35+)
General & News
Age Graded Results
Competition results can be calculated on an overall performance basis where athletes compare their performance to how other competitors in their age group performed. Some events now provide age graded results. These results are generated from tables developed by reviewing the performances of a large number of athletes over a long period of time, in each of the age categories, as well as the world records by age groupings. The tables then indicate an ultimate performance that could be expected from any age. There are separate tables for males and females.
Age graded results can be used in several ways. Using these tables, each athlete's performance can be calculated as a percentage of these extremely high standards for both male and female at each age. New results are then processed based on percentage achievement. Hence the playing field is leveled by compensating for age and sex. These age graded results can be very different from the overall results. It's possible that a 45-year old woman would displace a 28-year old male overall winner as the age graded winner. This, of course, is competitive and many (in fact most) participants don't enter events solely for competition. There are other effective ways of using performance percentages.
For example: if your performance in a 5K race was @ 78.3%, you could apply this percentage to the table for 10K at your age and calculate your expected finish time at 10K for the same effort. This would enable you to establish your mile pace to ensure that you don't go out too fast in the 10K event.
As you age you can use age graded results to compare your fitness and conditioning from one year to any other year. It's also useful in tracking your progress over any number of dissimilar events.
Masters Achievements Awards
These awards are in the form of pins in bronze, silver and gold which represent increasingly higher standards of performance. These pins are available for purchase by masters who have achieved the required standards. The standards are adapted from those that the Canadian Masters Athletics Association used to have for their crests, and cover a wide range of events.
The standards may be viewed by clicking on one of the following links:
To apply for a pin
Please print the Masters achievement award application form and mail (with the $9.04 fee) to BC Athletics, 2001B – 3713 Kensington Ave., Burnaby, BC V5B 0A7.
BC Masters Record Application Forms:
- Masters Road Running Record application form (6/13/19)
- Masters TRACK Record application form (9/13/22)
- Masters FIELD & THROWS PENT Record application form (6/13/19)
- Masters MULTI-EVENTS Record application form (6/13/19)
BC Masters Records
BC Masters INDOOR Track & Field Records - updated January 25, 2024
BC Masters OUTDOOR Track & Field Records - updated January 15, 2024
BC 55+ Games Track & Field Records - Updated January 25, 2024
BC Masters Road Running Records:
BC Athletics in partnership with Special Olympics BC provides program opportunities for athletes with intellectual disabilities. These athletes are able to compete in regional, national and international Special Olympic events under the International Paralympic Committee.
For more information related to participation in Special Olympics in BC, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
More information on eligibility and other resources can found at Special Olympics BC.
Coaching Manual from Special Olympics Canada.
- 100, 200, 400 and 800 Metre Run
- Hurdles: Women - 100 Metre, Men - 110 Metre
- Relays - 4 x 100, 4 x 400 Metre
- 1500, 3000, 5000, and 10000 Metre
- High Jump
- Mini Javelin
- Running Long Jump
- Standing Long Jump
- Shot Put: Women 2.72 kg/6 lbs, Men (16 yrs. and over 4 kg/8.13 lbs) or (16 yrs. and under 2.72 kg/ 6lbs)
- Pentathlon (Five events: 100 Metres, Long Jump, Shot Put, High Jump, 400 Metres)
The following events provide meaningful competition for athletes with lower ability levels:
- 50-metre developmental
Recommended Guidelines for Events and Technical Standards
Events and Technical Standards